George Elmaraghy, the Ohio EPA water regulator forced out by Gov. John Kasich, said he wants to stay on the job and was threatened with termination if he did not sign a retirement notice, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The group Environment Ohio visited a church with an energy-efficient lighting system that has saved thousands of dollars as part of its effort to press lawmakers to maintain current standards for renewable energy and efficiency, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Todd Snitchler, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, was the keynote speaker at a 2011 meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that opposes renewable energy requirements. Snitchler recently opposed plans for a solar farm in his state, The Associated Press reports.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd Snitchler has been a frequent critic of renewable energy on his Twitter feed, sharing no positive thoughts in more than 1,000 tweets from the past year. Snitchler and his agency ruled against a new solar-energy project last week, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Ohio lawmakers are not likely to implement changes to its energy-efficiency rules for utilities until next year at the earliest, despite arguments from power company FirstEnergy about the added cost for consumers, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants would threaten energy reliability, drive up costs, is unworkable, and should be withdrawn, 102 members of Congress -- led by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky. but also including six Democrats –- wrote in a letter to President Obama last week, The Hill reports.
Stiffer rules governing the standards of tank cars carrying crude will force the cargo off the rails and onto the roads, a consultant working with the group that prepared an analysis for the Railway Supply Institute told The Wall Street Journal.
Remarks from Saudi Arabia’s oil minister over the weekend, as well as a cut in output from Libya on renewed fighting and a spate of short-covering ahead of the Christmas holiday period saw oil prices rising early Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery was up 55 cents to $57.68 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped $1.59 to $62.97, Bloomberg reports.
Banks will get serious about cleaning up their portfolios in April, which could see a rash of defaults by over-extended drillers assuming there’s no rebound in oil prices, a principal at W L Ross investment firm told FuelFix.
Alberta had planned to revamp its greenhouse gas emissions policy by the end of the year, but the drop in oil prices has moved the provincial government to put off changes to its present carbon charges until June, Bloomberg reports.
NV Energy, which is continuing to deny that its smart meters pose a fire risk, has given more than 1,000 pages of documents to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, which is investigating the issue, and the utility also has promised to update the firmware on the meters and monitor them closely, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.
The Federal Aviation Administration is struggling to cope with requests from companies applying to use drones, and in some instances concerns of safety inspectors are being overridden, The Washington Post reports.
Advanced Energy Economy, a business association in California, has provided an analysis that claims some 432,000 people employed in the state are involved in clean energy -– including green power generation, energy conservation and energy efficiency -– the Los Angeles Times reports.